Messi to have view of giant Ronaldo mural from Argentina's team hotel

Messi to have view of giant Ronaldo mural from Argentina's team hotel

The knockout stage will begin on Saturday, with France facing Argentina in Kazan and Uruguay playing Portugal in Sochi.

The referee decided it was a free kick on the edge of the box, however, and even if Pogba blasted high over the bar, Argentina looked shell-shocked at Mbappe's early onslaught. That team included Sergio Aguero, who also ended up the tournament's top scorer with six goals, Angel Di Maria and Ever Banega.

With the next World Cup coming in 2022, it's unlikely that the pair will represent their nations in another showpiece on the grandest stage, and for two of the most decisive players in the history of the game, this is a weird mark on their record. He and his teammates then lost in the last two Copa America finals.

In the aftermath, with emotions running high, Messi announced his retirement from global football on the back of three final defeats in three consecutive years.

Portugal had 61 percent of the possession and four times as many shots at goal as the Uruguyans but Tabarez dismissed possession as a mere statistic and said what mattered was creating and converting chances.

Less than two months later he reversed that decision.

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"In football, there are no moral victories and I would have preferred to play worse and win the match", Portugal coach Fernando Santos said, adding they still needed Ronaldo to guide the national team's younger players.

Messi nearly single-handedly carried Argentina through a troubled qualifying campaign, but that ultimately only delayed another bitter disappointment.

All three played a part at this year's World Cup and all have turned 30 and might not be around to play in Qatar in another four years.

"It's often hard to be at the level of such a great player".

The 1986 World Cup victor attracted widespread criticism for an offensive gesture during Argentina's 2-1 victory over Nigeria, which saw Jorge Sampaoli's side secure a round-of-16 clash with France.

However, 12 minutes after putting his side back in front, he was helped from the field by Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo and replaced by Cristhian Stuani.

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